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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs wants to help modernize cities across the U.S.

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs, an incubator of urban technologies, is extending its metro modernization effort to 16 cities later this year. They join Columbus, Ohio, where the startup began deploying infrastructure earlier in 2016.

Microsoft will stop supporting its Windows Essentials 2012 suite in January

The support page for Microsoft's Windows Essentials 2012 states the company will pull the suite off life support in January. Microsoft lists several alternatives and also reveals that Movie Maker is coming to Windows Store.

Ubisoft blames 'Watch Dogs 2' PC delay on control concerns, graphical issues

Publisher Ubisoft has pushed back the PC launch of its open-world action game Watch Dogs 2, noting that the game's developers need extra time to optimize its controls and overall presentation.

Nokia’s XG-FAST protocol pushes 8Gbps across standard copper telephone line

Nokia teamed up with Australia's National Broadband Network to test out a new DSL protocol on a normal copper telephone line, which pushed a speed of 8Gbps. The protocol is called XG-FAST, but the fiber-like speed is limited to the line's…

Microsoft's new speech recognition system achieves human parity in audible words

Microsoft created a speech recognition system that has reached a historic milestone -- human parity in recognizing natural spoken language. Its word error rate was tested at 5.9 percent -- the same as a human transcriber.

Microsoft teams up with GoDaddy for Premium

U.S. customers can now sign up to test out the new service, provided you cough up for a yearly subscription. There’s a catch though. Microsoft’s partnership with GoDaddy could create some payment confusion a year down the line.

Mooltipass Mini is a new physical password manager you can carry with you

Mooltipass Mini is a new palm-sized physical password manager that stores and encrypts your passwords to avoid having to remember login details or run the risk of your software-based managers being hacked.

25 awesome laptop bags for everyone, from students to globetrotters

Choosing the right laptop bag is no easy feat. No one likes to second guess themselves. Here are some of the best laptop bags on the market — from backpacks to sleeves — so you can get it right the first time around.

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon processors, gigabit modem, camera platform

Qualcomm took the wraps off a bevy of new products: the Snapdragon 653, 626, and 427. It also unveiled gigabit modem and connected camera platform, both of which will launch later this year.

Samsung has set up exchange booths for Galaxy Note 7s at major airports

Samsung really wants buyers of its Galaxy Note 7 to not get on planes with them now that it's a federal crime. To help stop that from happening, it's opened up exchange booths at major airports around the world where owners can swap them…

Valve responds to requests to shut down 'Counter-Strike' weapon skin trading

It's no secret that some Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players gamble with weapon skins online — but Valve has stated publicly that the Steam platform is not at fault for this activity.

Tech support scams are getting more sophisticated, says new study

Security company Malwarebytes has released a report into how modern tech support scams operate, detailing the tactics used, leveling accusations against a number of companies, and offering advice to consumers for staying safe.